Electronic medical records probed for over-billing

By Fred Schulte

Are feds doing all they can to ferret out waste from move to electronic records?

Excerpts from this story referencing "electronic health record":

"… billing errors and abuses are worsening as doctors and hospitals switch to electronic health records. Mostashari said at the start of Wednesday’s daylong hearing that it i …"

"… ministration added billions of dollars in stimulus funds in the hopes that electronic health records would both enhance the quality of medical care and hold costs in check. …"

"… Simborg noted that the policy committee consists of strong supporters of electronic health records “who could hardly provide an unbiased and objective view on this.” R …"

"… ncluding possible criminal prosecutions, of doctors and hospitals that use electronic health records to improperly bill for more complex and costly services than they actuall …"

IMPACT: Administration official asks for Medicare billing review

By Fred Schulte

Administration official wants to know if electronic health records are causing Medicare over-billing

Excerpts from this story referencing "patient safety":

"… and standards that are needed” both to prevent billing fraud and assure patient safety and data integrity.President George W. Bush in 2004 set the goal of creati …"

Gingrich's health center was power player in a host of Washington policy debates

By Fred Schulte and Joe Eaton

Gingrich's Center for Health Transformation was power player on host of issues

Excerpts from this story referencing "John Kerry":

"… es and saves money,” Gingrich said that day, sharing the stage with Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., and three other senators who were sponsors of the legislation.&n …"

Panel recommends new agency to investigate safety of health information technology

By Kimberly Leonard

Institute of Medicine panel recommends new regulatory body, not FDA

Excerpts from this story referencing "patient safety":

"… Watch News. The study details nine other recommendations for how to ensure patient safety when doctors and other health care providers use health information techno …"

"… a variety of studies have concluded that the use of health IT may improve patient safety, mistakes made in the systems or difficulty using the technology can lead …"

"… ikely restrict market innovation in health IT, which could also jeopardize patient safety. Stringent regulations “can negatively impact the development of new tec …"

As states build exchanges, questions linger about interoperability

By Josh Israel and Kimberly Leonard

Lingering questions about interoperability of state health information exchanges

Excerpts from this story referencing "Puerto Rico":

"… ld its platform, is talking to other states using the same software.Though Puerto Rico has no bordering neighbors, it too is focusing on interoperability.  …"

Stimulus funds will build state health exchanges but might not sustain them

By Josh Israel and Kimberly Leonard

Federal stimulus money will build exchanges, but may not be enough to sustain them

Excerpts from this story referencing "spokesman":

"… l with the most valuable thing they have, like data?”Parmeeth Atwal, ONC spokesman, said the agency is helping states with the issues of interoperability and …"

Health information technology: Keep it simple

By Kimberly Leonard

Reports say systems must be understandable to avoid dangerous medical errors

Excerpts from this story referencing "patient safety":

"… health information technology may improve health care outcomes and improve patient safety, but the electronic systems can also facilitate problems.  An allergy …"

Health information technology: Incentives may not always serve intended purpose

By Josh Israel and Kimberly Leonard

Some payments may be going to doctors who have been using electronic health records for years

Excerpts from this story referencing "George Miller":

"… meeting those “meaningful use” standards in improving patient care.Dr. George Miller, a surgeon who practices in Grenada, Miss., said his decision to adopt ele …"

Podiatrists have their foot in the door

By Josh Israel and Kimberly Leonard

Podiatrists are taking advantage of payments for installing electronic health records

Excerpts from this story referencing "spokesman":

"… ments, 23 were podiatry practices, or about 12 percent. Joe Kuchler, a CMS spokesman, told iWatch News that podiatrists make up about 15,500 of the roughly 1,0 …"

Only 15 of top 100 health information technology firms are lobbying on health IT

By Josh Israel

Many of the top health information technnology firms don't lobby on health IT

Just 16 of top health IT firms maintain corporate PACs

By Josh Israel

Many of the major players in health information technology do not sponsor corporate political action committees

Privacy advocates want stricter rules for online, patient-controlled health records

By Kimberly Leonard

Privacy groups say clearer rules are needed for online, patient-controlled health records, but an HHS study of the issue is 18 months late

Excluded groups want in on health information technology funding

By Kimberly Leonard

Economic stimulus package has $27 billion for health IT; excluded providers are fighting for a slice

Excerpts from this story referencing "electronic health record":

"… eir patients are on Medicaid.“The current HITECH limitation on Medicaid [electronic health records] limits the development of EHR systems for Medicaid beneficiaries who are …"

"… help providers who haven’t qualified for funds move forward in acquiring electronic health records. In its strategic plan published this March, the national coordinator’s …"

Insurance brokers seek health reform change to safeguard profits

By Josh Israel

Insurance brokers seek change in health reform provision to protect profits

Proposed bill aims to expand health IT funds to mental health providers

By Kimberly Leonard and Josh Israel

Stimulus bill left many providers out, but costs of including them may doom the measure....

Excerpts from this story referencing "electronic health record":

"… the 2009 stimulus legislation. HITECH offers funding to advance the use of electronic health records, and sets aside $27 billion in Medicare and Medicaid payments for health …"

GOP deficit-cutters eye health IT stimulus funds as Obama’s point man leaves

By Kimberly Leonard

Billions of unspent stimulus dollars slated for electronic health records are now a target for lawmakers searching the federal budget for cu

Excerpts from this story referencing "director":

"… “There is always fear of losing the funds,” said Jeff Brady, executive director for Kentucky’s Office of Electronic Health Information. “You hang a $2 …"

"… hings in the past that have not materialized,” said Kim Norby, executive director of Iowa e-Health. “But seeing payments going out in this case may encour …"

"… , deputy national coordinator for programs and policy; Dr. Carolyn Clancy, director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; and Chuck Friedman, the …"

"… ief information officer at Johns Hopkins University; Dr. J. Marc Overhage, director of medical informatics at Indiana University’s Regenstrief Institute; Dr …"

Will digital technology reduce gap in health between rich and poor?

By Emma Schwartz

Two years ago, the Ethio American Health Center opened its doors in the nation’s capital, promising the country’s largest community of Ethio

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health care":

"… lth care disparities by the HHS Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.Health care researchers say that no single effort will eliminate the disparities betwe …"

Push for safety oversight of electronic medical records is moving at a crawl

By Emma Schwartz

Nearly two years after the Obama administration announced plans to spend $40 billion to help doctors and hospitals adopt electronic medical

Excerpts from this story referencing "Coordinator":

"… eads the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. “But we still have to be wary and att …"

FDA, Obama digital medical records team at odds over safety oversight

By Fred Schulte and Emma Schwartz

Previously undisclosed hospital mixup underscores challenges on road to reform

Excerpts from this story referencing "patient safety":

"… s concluded that electronic health systems strongly and materially improve patient safety. And we believe that in spreading electronic health records we are going t …"

"… and nurses were able to rely on backup systems.“We are not aware of any patient safety or quality of care issues caused by this event,” he said. Still, he said …"

Amid digital records surge, a lack of policing by the FDA

By Emma Schwartz and Fred Schulte

Government offers incentives to buy electronic devices it doesn't track for safety

Excerpts from this story referencing "Dale Nordenberg":

"… ing “emerging technologies such as the electronic health record,” said Dale Nordenberg, a health and science consultant who has studied the issue. The only way t …"

As doctors shift to electronic health systems, signs of harm emerge

By Fred Schulte and Emma Schwartz

Reports link system malfunctions to injuries, deaths

Excerpts from this story referencing "software glitches":

"… ll systems prematurely, possibly exposing patients to harm associated with software glitches and other system bugs.Altogether, the Investigative Fund identified 237 re …"

Effort to track medical safety issues faces long road ahead

By Fred Schulte and Emma Schwartz

Panel seeks centralized data on hazards related to digital systems

Excerpts from this story referencing "software glitches":

"… bugs before they cause harm and fix other hazards. Some errors result from software glitches, while others can be caused by human error, such as entering the wrong dat …"

"… next month, also wants to require that manufacturers alert customers when software glitches are discovered and require all users of the systems to undergo safety trai …"

FDA asks hospitals to report safety glitches in digital health systems

By Fred Schulte and Emma Schwartz

In letter to 350 health centers, agency signals growing concern

Excerpts from this story referencing "patient safety":

"… nt care and safety.” The FDA “is exploring problems….that may affect patient safety,” she wrote.The agency plans to collect reports using its Medical Produc …"

Stimulus to push electronic health records could widen 'digital divide'

By Fred Schulte

Federal plan may leave behind small hospitals and rural doctors

Experts: Safety oversight needed as patient records go digital

By Fred Schulte and Emma Schwartz

With digital transition approaching for many practices, safety and security issues continue to surface

Excerpts from this story referencing "Secretary":

"… ts.” In a Feb. 24 letter to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Grassley added that he had been “surprised by the lac …"

FDA considers regulating safety of electronic health systems

By Fred Schulte and Emma Schwartz

Reports of patient harm include six deaths in two years

Excerpts from this story referencing "executive vice president":

"… imit innovation and responsiveness when it is needed most,” Carl Dvorak, executive vice president of Epic Systems Corporation, a Wisconsin-based company that builds the sys …"

Shopping for health software, some doctors get buyer’s remorse

By Emma Schwartz

Volatile industry prompts calls for oversight of firms’ financial strength

Excerpts from this story referencing "attorney":

"… .Four months after the doctors filed suit in November 2008, MedcomSoft’s attorney filed a motion to withdraw representation, stating that it appeared “nei …"

Switch to electronic health records could miss federal targets

By Fred Schulte and Emma Schwartz

Cut in stimulus spending suggests early estimates of the cost for the switch were too optimistic

Daschle had public and private role in push for digital health records

By Fred Schulte and Emma Schwartz

Former Sen. Tom Daschle kept Washington's revolving door spinning

Excerpts from this story referencing "author":

"… a professor in the School of Public Policy at George Mason University and author of the book, “Shadow Elite, How The World’s New Power Brokers Undermin …"

Stimulus fuels gold rush for electronic health systems

By Fred Schulte

Competition among companies spawns bus tour, creative sales techniques

Excerpts from this story referencing "General Electric":

"… systems to certify. But some of the world’s largest companies, including General Electric, Microsoft, Dell and German-based Siemens Corp., already are working hard …"